Are There Unintended Consequences from Too Much “Social Recognition?”

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Engagement, HR, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition

Many see business as a zero-sum game. I win. You lose. Only one top slot on the org chart. Only one “employee of the month” award. Today’s business is pretty ruthless and the stakes are high. There is no middle ground. There are only winners. And losers. And winners are winners because they are better than the losers. Right? Or …

Employee Engagement Singularity – Infinite Monkey Blogger Theorem

Paul Hebert Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Paul Hebert

I think it’s official. We’ve reached that point in the business world where absolutely nothing new can be added to the disaster that is employee engagement. It’s not that I don’t think engagement is a noble cause. It is. But like Maslow’s highest level of human needs, “self-actualization” (which is bunk by the way – but you go on quoting …

Corporate Freudian Psychoanalysis: Is That A Cigar or Are You Just Engaged?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Change, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Innovation, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert, Performance

We’re going to a weird place today. And I know this is a simplistic analysis but go with it… it’ll be fun! Freud (Sigmund, the psychiatry guy, not the guys with tigers in Vegas. If you watch Big Brother you’ll get that – h/t to Liz and Julia – watch – you’ll LOL yourself) suggested that an individual’s personality was …

For HR Pros Mission is Peaceful – Implementation is Violent

Paul Hebert Change, Change Management, Culture, Employee Engagement, Paul Hebert

Sometimes people surprise you. It happened to me this past weekend. I was lounging around looking for a movie to fill up a couple of hours and “Fury”—the WWII tank war movie was on HBO or Showtime or some such channel. I’d seen it before, and it was okay. Okay enough for me to not change the channel and continue …

Work-Life Balance: 70 or 75 – Whatever It Takes

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Paul Hebert, Performance

In the dark ages when I was just a lad and worked at a large incentive and reward company, we had to fill out time sheets each week. Not because we were non-exempt—but because we were billable. And that meant we had to keep track of the hours we worked on client projects. Most of the time I had five …

We Need More Meetings at Work

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Communication, Culture, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Paul Hebert, Social Media

I know – lock me up. While everyone else is finding ways to dodge meetings I’m raising the flag that says in order to do better business we need to do more meetings. See, I’m not one to throw babies out with bathwater. I like to first see if the bathwater is really dirty or if we’re simply looking for …

Gossip Girls and Boys – HR’s New Productivity Weapon?

Paul Hebert Audacious Ideas, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Influence, Organizational Development, Paul Hebert

For all my career I’ve heard that loose lips sink ships. I was told don’t talk about your coworkers, don’t spread gossip. And if you are in HR, you probably already know you are at the epicenter of gossip. I don’t mean you are the cause of it. But a whole lot of the info that fuels gossip passes through …

I Rewired My Employee’s Brain and You Won’t Believe What Happened Next…

Paul Hebert Change Management, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Engagement and Satisfaction, Paul Hebert

It is all the rage to say that engagement is management’s fault. And that is because in most cases it is the truth. And it’s their boss’s fault. And their boss’s boss’s fault. There is no end to the ladder of blame. At the core of this problem is we continue to manage employees like we did when Don Draper …

Sometimes It’s About Perspective – Management at The Bottom

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Engagement, HR, Leadership, Paul Hebert

There as many ways to generate employee engagement as Carter has little liver pills. (Look it up. It’s a saying. An old one but nonetheless.) If you read the press and the blogs everything from humor to humidors can drive engagement, and there is probably a company-generated (but not peer-reviewed or validated) survey to accompany it to “prove” it is …

Hey HR – Is It Time to Be Less Business-y?

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Paul Hebert

This post might whip a few HR heads around. I’m suggesting that that HR may want to spend a bit more time being touchy-feely and less time being all business-y.  I know you’ve been beat up for the past 10 years about getting that proverbial furniture assignment—you know—the seat that must not be named.  You’ve been told that the path …